Dental hygiene is super important for your dog’s overall health! Gently brushing their teeth on a daily basis is the best way to remove plaque and prevent the buildup of tartar. With this simple recipe, you can make your own healthy, tasty, and pet-safe toothpaste that won’t send your dog running when you get the toothbrush out.
1 cup virgin and unrefined coconut oil
4 Tbsp food-grade diatomaceous earth (or baking soda)
Half a handful of fresh peppermint (or peppermint essential oil)
Handful of fresh parsley
1 tsp cinnamon
(Note: Baking soda can be harmful to dogs if ingested in large enough quantities, so be careful not to overdo it if you use this ingredient. You may want to order some food-grade diatomaceous earth, which is fossilized algae and completely vegan, but you’ll definitely get the gritty texture you need for your dog toothpaste.)
1 jar with lid
Add ingredients to your blender and mix thoroughly. If you don’t have fresh peppermint, you can add a drop or two of peppermint essential oil. Scoop out the contents and add it to your jar. Refrigerate when not in use.
Coconut oil is an antiviral and antifungal, and it also fights the bacteria that can cause cavities in your dog.
Parsley and peppermint are used as breath fresheners, but many use parsley to treat arthritis and urinary tract infections in their dogs too.
Cinnamon is high in antioxidants, and it helps alleviate inflammation and fight infections.
WARNING: Do not use human toothpaste on your dog since these products can be harmful if swallowed.
Tips and Tricks
Make sure your dog is calm and relaxed when you brush their teeth. You want to establish a daily routine that works for both you and your dog. A few minutes in the morning can really make all the difference to your pup’s dental health…and their morning breath.
To freshen up your dog's breath without the hassle, try v-dog’s breathbones, which also contain cinnamon and parsley. These chews are great for dental hygiene, and they smell like pumpkin spice!
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